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Commuters could face delays Tuesday on Blue, Expo lines

Members of the Metro board of directors take a sneak peek ride from the Culver City to Downtown Santa Monica Stations on the new Expo Line extension on Monday morning, May 9, 2016. The line opens to the public on May 20.
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In this file photo, members of the Metro board of directors take a sneak peek ride from the Culver City to Downtown Santa Monica Stations on the new Expo Line extension on Monday morning, May 9, 2016. Metro said it will be running some trains on the Expo and Blue lines Tuesday with just two cars so that its crews can repair its emergency power system.

If you’re riding Metro’s Blue or Expo lines Tuesday, give yourself some extra time.

Metro was running some trains with just two cars during rush hour both Tuesday morning and afternoon so that its crews can repair its emergency power system.

A train derailed in the Blue Line maintenance yard in Long Beach early Sunday morning and damaged overhead wires, prompting the need for repairs, Metro spokesperson Kim Upton told KPCC. No passengers were aboard and there were no injuries. 

The trains will run every six minutes during rush hour and every 12 minutes during the day, but the trains could be extra crowded.

“Those two lines are pretty popular, so ... missing one of those cars can be a big deal to riders in terms of comfort," Upton said. "It means you’re probably going to stand rather than sit if it’s at the height of rush hour." 

Crews were making good progress on the repairs, but the work wasn't done in time for Tuesday afternoon’s rush hour commuters. The trains are scheduled to be back to normal on Wednesday morning.

“We want to encourage everybody to allow a little bit extra time in case there is crowding and they want to get on a different train. It’ll just make their commutes easier and more pleasant,” Upton said. 

Visit Metro's website for alternate routes. 

This story has been updated.